In Summer 2014, CEES was awarded a grant to support an Intel(r) Parallel Computing Center (Intel(r) PCC), which seeks to modernize key application codes in different areas of science and engineering. In particular, the Intel(r) PCC at OU focuses on performance optimization of the Advanced CIRCulation (ADCIRC) model by taking advantage of the architectures of Intel(r) Xeon processors and Intel(r) Xeon Phi(tm) coprocessors. ADCIRC's development is largely driven by real-world, time critical applications, such as developing FEMA's flood inundation maps for the coastal areas of the U.S., designing New Orleans' hurricane protection system for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and producing real-time flood predictions due to tropical and extra-tropical storms in the North Carolina region (nc-cera.renci.org). Image shows maximum water elevations from the real-time forecast system in the North Carolina region for Hurricane Irene. Hurricane location is denoted by the black hurricane symbol with the forecast track shown by the black line.